Rebel commander killed in eastern Ukraine car bombing

Russian news agencies have reported the killing of a prominent separatist commander in eastern Ukraine when his vehicle was ripped apart by a bomb and then strafed by gunfire.
The reports, citing a prosecutor in the separatist Luhansk region, said the weekendand’s attack killed commander Alexei Mozgovoi and at least six other people. Prosecutor Sergei Gorenko said the identities of the others were not yet known.
The reports gave no suspected motive for the killing of Mozgovoi, but noted there had been previous attempts on his life.
On Sunday, heavy shelling has killed one civilian in the government-controlled town of Avdiyivka in east Ukraine and halted production at one of Europeand’s largest coke plants, regional police and Ukrainian steelmaker Metinvest said on Sunday.
The Avdiyivka factory, which is owned by Metinvest and produces 40 percent of Ukraineand’s coke, is the main employer in the town and has become a target for pro-Russian separatists since they took up arms against the government last April.
Last week, a worker there was killed and two wounded in what Metinvest described as the heaviest shelling since the declaration of the ceasefire.
and”This is the second powerful bombardment in the past few days … The business has been stopped as a matter of urgency. Coke production is halted,and” Metinvest said in a statement on its website. and”As soon as the situation stabilizes, work to restore power supply to the factory will begin.and”
Damage to internal rail tracks at Avdiyivka meant the factory was not able to bring in raw materials or ship out finished products, Metinvest, which is Ukraineand’s largest steel firm, had said on Friday.
Avdiyivka, which had a population of around 35,000 before the conflict erupted last year, is on territory controlled by government forces but it lies close to the frontline and the Ukrainian military has accused separatists of attacks there since a ceasefire came into force in mid-February.
and”The town is without electricity and running water,and” the head of Donetsk regional police Vyacheslav Abroskin said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
and”One young man was killed and two women seriously wounded,and” he said.
Any production outages at the coke plant will threaten output at Ukraineand’s steel plants, including two of the largest in Mariupol, a strategic, government-held port city in the southeast of the country.
In March, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused separatists of trying to destabilize Mariupol, where Russian and Ukrainian sympathizers live side by side, by disrupting supplies to its steel plants from Avdiyivka, around 100 kilometers (70 miles) to the north.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman